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Liberal Democrats in Northern Ireland is a collaborative blog started by Michael Carchrie Campbell and Stephen Glenn in August 2010. Here is a little bit of background into the various contributors.

Stephen Glenn

Stephen Glenn

Born in Bangor, but it was when Stephen went to study Economics at Kingston in 1988 he first joined the Liberal Democrats. In 2010 he returned to Northern Ireland having spent 17 years since then living in either England or Scotland.  He started blogging in 2005 and has been one of the top and most prolific Liberal Democrat bloggers ever since. He stood for Westminster in Linlithgow and East Falkirk in 2005 and again in 2010. Stephen took a rest from this blog whilst he was Northern Ireland Organiser for the Yes to Fairer Votes Campaign from December 2010 to May 2011. In 2013 he returned briefly to Scotland to work as a Parliamentary Assistant for Alistair Carmichael MP based in the Orkney and Shetland constituency, but returned later that year. Since 2014 Stephen has served of the UK-wide executive of LGBT+ Liberal Democrats.

Michael Carchrie Campbell

Born in Ballymena, Michael has lived in Newtownabbey, Belfast, Ripon, and Oxford. Having won a school election for the LibDems he finally joined the party in 1997 during the general election campaign whilst at college in Ripon. Politics has never been far from his mind since. A candidate for NI’s Alliance Party in local government elections in 2001 – he has since continued his interest in a more backroom setting and on his blog Gyronny Herald. Formerly he sat on LDYS federal executive and was the runner up in the election for LDYS federal chair for 2002-03. He is the currently Treasurer of the Northern Ireland Liberal Democrats. He also blogs at HIV Blogger: living positively.


Born in Philadelphia in 1965, John’s first political experience was with the US Democrats in the early 1980s. A Biomedical Scientist in the NHS of twenty years’ experience, he is a graduate of Devon Preparatory School and of both of Northern Ireland’s universities, Queen’s and Ulster. He lives in the Greencastle area of Belfast and currently serves as Chair of the local party.


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